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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 20, 2011 3:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

Given the topic of Europe '72 in the news, I thought I'd give a heads-up for this show, since it seems often overlooked.

The Dark Star > Dew is glorious. Really beautiful. As are all the other songs.

Download it now before all those shows get pulled.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-05-18.sbd.unicorn.2266.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jan 20, 2011 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

This is one of my favorite Dark Star's,to my ear it is just a masterpiece of the full ensemble improvising as one.The music leading to the first verse is locked and flowing,effortless with each player adding to the mix creating a rich and changing tapestry.After the verse a strong space with flourishes from everyone turns to really pretty music,at about 15:00 things begin to get scary with some deep foreboding Phil licks,hi-pitch squealing from Jer,the music takes on a dense space feel.At about 18:30 things quiet down some to feature some real fine Weir licks->Jer/Weir space picking/strumming->20:30 Keith enters the fray with some truly out there piano,launching the band into some mind melting music.The Morning Dew that follows manages to finish very strongly,which is more than you can say about 99% of them.

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 20, 2011 5:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

I agree with you! The Piano Space is one of my favorite parts of this DS. I actually enjoy this DS a lot, even more than the supposedly better May 11th, because it is more melodic.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 20, 2011 4:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

Damn good is right! First ever Dark Star> Morning Dew and this Morning Dew is amazing...

Another very strong performance, if somewhat less spectacular (with the exception of Morning Dew). Recent upgrades in sound quality have made this show more enjoyable. It's consistently well played. Stand outs include what might be the best ever performance of It Hurts Me Too and of course the superb performance of Dark Star> Morning Dew, the first time that this combination was played together.

The 26 minute Dark Star is superb. It's not as beautiful as the performance of the song at Wembley, or as jazzy as the Rotterdam version. Nor is it as cohesive as the rendition in Copenhagen. Still, it is an excellent and up beat performance of the song that carries its momentum entirely through its duration. The intro theme jam is gorgeous. Following a brief bass solo, there is a lovely duet between Garcia and Weir starting at 7:00 that turns nice and jazzy before soaring back into the pre-verse theme. A second bass solo follows the verse and things get atonal for a while, building in intensity before the first ever segue from Dark Star into Morning Dew.

This performance of Morning Dew is unique and extraordinarily beautiful. Although the rendition on 5/23 seems to garner more accolades, this one is just a bit better in my opinion. Jerry's voice is strong and his interpretation here is highly emotive. He really slows it down and turns reflective prior to the refrain. One of the elements that sets the music of the European tour apart is the dynamics of having two keyboard payers. Nowhere is this more apparent than during this gorgeous performance of Morning Dew. Pigpens swirling organ fills really seem to complement Keith's piano work on the beautiful quiet parts. It's one of the high points of the tour. An interestingly placed drum break follows Morning Dew before the band launches into a great Sugar Magnolia.

I'd recommend going with Charlie's remaster...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-18.sbd.miller.79057.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 20, 2011 5:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1972-05-18 - Damn good

Agreed, this dew is excellent. To my ear it sounds more akin to '77 than '72. Very smooth and soulful, not harsh at all.